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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Eden Hazard spoke to BT after the draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane:

“It’s always difficult to play here, last season we lost 5-3 we tried to get a revenge but I think anyway is a good result ( the draw).

“Lloris made a beatuful save on me, if I score there it’s 1-0 and we probably win the game

“Our target: we try to win game after game, we won against Norwich, we hope to win next week at home with Bournemouth. We want to finish in the top four but we know is difficult.”

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Tottenham Hotspur published a statement on their website urging the fans going to White Hart Lane on Sunday for the clash against Chelsea to arrive earlier at the stadium for heightened security.

The club will open the gates of WHL at 9.30 am, three hours before the kick-off.

The statement read:

Those supporters who arrived close to kick off [for the West Ham fixture] experienced extended queues due to these additional checks with some unfortunately missing the start of the game as a result.

Security WILL NOT be reduced or compromised in the event of queues forming to clear security and kick off will not be delayed as a result of this.

We should therefore like to remind fans once again that it is important to plan their journey for an earlier than normal arrival time.


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Chelsea manager José Mourinho revealed that his relationship with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is really good.

The two coaches have known each other since their time in Spain, when the Argentinian manager was in charge at Espanyol while Mourinho was managing Real Madrid:

“We respect each other, we’ve known each other for a long time.We cannot be close friends because, to be close friends you have to have a certain kind of relationship. But we are friends. We have good feelings for each other.

“Also his technical staff and my technical staff have known each other for a long time too, so relations are very good. It’s the kind of match where the fourth official will have a peaceful time because we are very happy to be seated almost together.

“We met a couple of times after he left Espanyol, when he was preparing himself for the next step. In that period we met a couple of times, but nothing important.”

The two also met last March, in the Capital One Cup final in Wembey, that Chelsea won:

“In that cup final I was so happy with the victory, but I could feel a little bit of time to think about him. Tottenham hadn’t won a title for a long time. Mauricio is still waiting for his first title as a manager. I could imagine that he was very disappointed. So I had a little bit of time to feel for him and to give him a nice word.

“But the team is really good. They kept the players they wanted to keep. I think they brought the right players in. The squad is very good and has a lot of potential. There is no pressure on them, like there is on the other four or five top teams to reach important positions. So they have great conditions to do the magnificent work they are doing.

“When I was in a team where the objective was not to be relegated, in December I was third and it was fantastic. You could go into every match and you know that you can lose. You can bring in young players without problems, even if they’re not ready. You go to play the top teams and if you win you’re a hero. If you don’t win, it’s something very natural. And to be fair, I enjoyed it.”

Mourinho also explained that everything is ok with Diego Costa, after a little discussion they had in Haifa at half time:

“Everything is okay, there is no problem. In the game I told him from a distance, with gestures, that I was not happy with the movement he did. He told me also a few nice words from where he was,” Mourinho laughed. “Nothing happened. Nothing happened at all.

“He’s not reading the game properly in these actions. That was my opinion. As a striker you must read it. You have to play not just when you have the ball, but also when others have the ball. You have to try to anticipate things. It’s just a question of reading the game faster. Everything is an accumulation (of confidence). It’s not because you score one goal against Norwich that suddenly you are again on fire. It will be a process.”

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Ahead of Chelsea’s clash with West Ham (15:00 GMT KO), the official lineups have been announced.

The Blues are looking to keep their winning form against their London neighbours, having won just three of their opening nine games.



WEST HAM: Adrian, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Collins, Cresswell, Noble (c), Kouyate, Zarate, Payet, Lanzini, Sakho.

Subs: Randolph, Carroll, Valencia, Obiang, Ogbonna, Jelavic, Antonio.

Manager: Slaven Bilic


CHELSEA: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Subs: Amelia, Baba Rahman, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Falcao.

Manager: José Mourinho


Referee: Jonathan Moss

Venue: Upton Park, London, UK

Kick Off: 3 pm GMT

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Oscar during the last clash at Upton Park in March 2015 @ Francesca Ceciarini

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour is confident on the fact that West Ham can get another impressive result in this start of the season next Saturday against Chelsea: the Hammers already won at Anfield, the Emirates, the Etihad and at Selhurst Park last weekend, and are currently fourth in the table with 17 points, just 2 less than Manchester United and Arsenal and only 4 behind the leaders, Manchester City.

Speaking to Alan Brazil Sport Breakfast show on TALKsport, Parlour suggested the way to beat the Blues in the last derby at Upton Park:

I think they will play like they do away from home this weekend. Sit back and defend, let Chelsea have a lot of the ball and then hit them on the break,he stated speaking of Slaven Bilic’s tactics.

“I think that’s how they’ve got to play because they’ve done it at the Etihad, the Emirates, Anfield and Palace at the weekend – and it’s worked.

“Instead of the Upton Park crowd expecting them to take the game to Chelsea, I think they will say ‘right Chelsea, you take the game to us and we will hit you on the break’ like they do away from home“.


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Before the derby against Arsenal in the League Cup Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted that the final lost in March with Chelsea gave Tottenham motivation to face this competition now.

The Argentinian manager also explained why he made his players stay on the Wembley pitch to watch Chelsea lift the trophy.

“It is important to show respect,” he said.

“To feel when you lose that it is a good lesson to stay and only see the trophy and you have the possibility 90 minutes before to take the trophy.

“You can always learn from the defeat and this is the feeling you don’t want to repeat again. It is a good lesson for us.

“I think it was a very good experience for us. It’s true that the feeling was good before the game and during the game, but at the end was bad. When you lose, that’s the normal feeling. It was a good thing, because you need to learn.

“When you start to be involved in the competition it is important to feel the [same] feeling that you feel in the final. To stay very focused, and very motivated, because they are important games“.

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Arsenal striker Aaron Ramsey commented the defeat at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea:

We wanted to get back to winning ways and have a positive game. We were doing that up until the sending-off.

On Gabriel’s red card after the incident with Diego Costa he said:

“I’m sure he’ll learn from that and we have to move on and put things right on Wednesday.

“It’s not good enough for a club like Arsenal to lose two games in a row. Hopefully now we can put things right on Wednesday.

Arsenal will face Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night for League Cup third round:

It will be a feisty game with hopefully some goals in our favour.


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While commenting Chelsea v Arsenal for BBC Newcastle legend Alan Shearer expressed his opinion on the incident that involved Diego Costa and Gabriel during the match, with the Brazilian that eventually was sent off:

“I like him, I’m a fan of his and I like the way he plays, I like the way he’s aggressive,” Shearer said about the Chelsea striker.

“But there’s a line and he crossed that line today, on more than one occasion. 

“This, I hate… trying to get Coquelin booked with his reaction. I hate that, I really do. He should get a yellow card himself for doing it, that’s the law.”

“With Koscielny, his hands… two in the face. He knows what he’s doing, he intends to catch him and he could be sent off if the referee sees that. He really is an angry man, you can see him scratch Gabriel, he’s winding Gabriel up… it’s got nothing to do with him at all. 

“And then he’s still at it, little slap, right in front of the referee. He’s sucked Gabriel right in, and Gabriel is absolutely pathetic for falling for it, he really is.”

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Former Arsenal manager George Graham reckons that after yesterday’s incident with Arsenal defender Gabriel Chelsea striker Diego Costa will now be targeted by the games’ officials and by his rivals:

I think Costa is going to be targeted man now by the officials and probably rightly so.

“[Didier] Drogba was the main [Chelsea] man for nearly 10 years and he was very, very physical but he didn’t take to the extremes that Costa has taken it to.

“Although you’ve got to keep that physical intensity, once you step over the mark he’s got to be dealt with by officials, it’s as simple as that – and I think he will be.

“Wenger is not the most strict manager and he really needs to get hold of his own players because there’s no way Gabriel should have been sent off – it’s his own stupidity that got him sent off and they’ve got to handle that.

“[But] Arsene does it his way and look at the record he has got in English football – he has been instrumental in getting a certain way of playing, the diet – he’s brought all these things and trophies as well so how can you fault him?”



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